Wednesday, October 1, 2014


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Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA                                          
Contact: Tanya Whiton,
For Release: Wednesday, October 1, 2014                                      



Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will be reading as part of “Slavic Voices:  An Evening of Poetry and Music,” Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Boston University Castle, 225 Bay State Road, Boston, MA.


Graduate Alison Stone will be reading in the NYQ Reading Series, Sunday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, between Bleecker and Houston Streets, New York, NY. She will also be doing a Q&A on Thursday, October 23 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas College, 125 Route 340, Sparkill, NY.

Graduate Joe Gannon will be reading from his debut novel, Night of the Jaguar, Friday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren Street, New York, NY.

Graduate Jina Ortiz will be hosting a launch party for the anthology All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color, co-edited with Rochelle Spencer, on Saturday, October 25 from 5–8p.m. at La Casa Azul Bookstore, 143 E. 103rd Street, New York, NY.


Dzvinia Orlowsky will be taking part in workshops and giving a reading —in celebration of being named a 2014 Ohio Co-Poet of the Year by the Ohio Poetry Day Association—Saturday, October 25 at the Hayner House in Troy, OH.


Graduate James Anderson’s short story “The Hat Salesman,” was selected as a finalist for Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices annual short fiction competition, and is included in the summer/fall 2014 awards issue. In February of 2015, Caravel Books, New York will publish his debut novel, The Never-Open Desert Diner.

Student Jenifer DeBellis’ poems will be featured in Undertow Tanka Review. She is also the editor of Pink Panther Magazine, and just published Issue 21, which includes an essay by fellow student Andrea Davies.

Graduate Carol Owens Campbell’s poem, “Interview with a River,” appears in in the October “Tribute to Auvillar” edition of One Trick Pony Review, an online literary journal.

Graduate Faye Rapoport DesPres’ personal essay, “Still Life with Writing,” will be published in the debut issue of BOXY Magazine, a new arts and lifestyle publication.

Graduate Beth Richard’s essay, “Before, After,” was selected as a finalist for Solstice Literary Magazine: A Magazine of Diverse Voices annual nonfiction competition and is included in the summer/fall 2014 awards issue.

Graduate Faye Snider’s essay, “Fannie Farmer, Mom and Me,” will be published in the debut issue of BOXY Magazine.

Writer-in-residence Mike Steinberg’s craft essay, “Planning For Surprise: Writing and Teaching the Personal Essay” appears in this month’s issue of TriQuarterly, and his essay “One Story, Two Narrators: Reflection's Role In Writing and Teaching Personal Narratives,” appears in the current issue of  Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices.

Alison Stone’s poem “Hercules in Retirement” was recently published in the Rust/Dust/Lust issue of Slipstream.


Jenifer DeBellis was recently hired as an adjunct English instructor in Creative Writing and Developmental English at Baker College.

Graduate Susan Lemere recently received a scholarship to attend a week-long Arts in Health Care Intensive at the University at Buffalo, and she will be leading three creative workshops this fall in Ware, MA as part of the Bird Hill Workshop Series.

Graduate Cathy Cultice Lentes has started a Writing Club for fourth and fifth grade students in the Meigs Local School District of Ohio, where she works as an Educational Diagnostician.

Student Kim Suhr will present the breakout session, “The Importance of Writing Communities in Your Career," on Saturday, November 15, 9–5 p.m. at the Publishing Institute hosted by Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI.


Faculty member Laura Williams McCaffrey’s story, “Into the Vast,” has won the 2014 Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

Graduate Debbie Merion’s book, Solving the College Admissions Puzzle, A Guide for Students and Families about College Selection, Essay Writing, and High-Stakes Testing —written in collaboration with John B. Boshoven, M.A., M.S.W and Geraldine Markel, Ph.D— is a Gold Medal Winner of the 2014 Global Ebook Awards.  She was recently interviewed about the book and her work with students on college application essays on WXYZ TV, “Mom's a Genius”

Beth Richards and her colleague Saleh Keshawarz recently received a grant from the State Department via the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to work with 16 private universities in Northern Afghanistan over the next two years, providing mentoring and training for instructors and administrators there in curriculum design and administrative procedures and practices.


Solstice Poetry & Flash Fiction Anthology: Student Joyce McPherson is coordinating a poetry and flash fiction anthology of works by current Solstice MFA Program students and alumni. (To clarify, a prose submission may simply be a short piece from a larger work, fewer than 250 words.) Submissions and pre-orders should be sent to Joyce McPherson at Deadline (for both submissions and pre-orders): November 1, 2014. Send suggestions for a title and you may win a free copy if your title is chosen!

Lamp Light Magazine is accepting flash and short fiction for its winter issue. Deadline: October 15, 2014.

The Masters Review announces its October Scarefest contest for best short story. Deadline: October 15, 2014.

River Teeth announces its annual book prize for literary nonfiction. Deadline: October 15, 2014.

Canyon Voices seeks submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Deadline: October 17, 2014.

The American Poetry Review and Copper Canyon Press announces the Apr/Honickman First Book Prize. Deadline: October 31, 2014.

Black Lawrence Press announces its annual Black River Chapbook Competition for poetry and short fiction. Deadline: October 31, 2014.

Persea Books announces the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. Deadline: October 31, 2014.

StoryShelter: The Social Space to Share Life’s Stories, is accepting submissions for a book titled I Am Here: The Untold Stories of Everyday People. Deadline: October 31, 2014.

The Academy of American Poets announces its Walt Whitman Award. Deadline: November 1, 2014.

Southeast Missouri State University Press announces the annual Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel. Deadline: November 1, 2014.

Harpur Palate announces the Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry, the John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction, and the Harpur Palate Prize tor Creative Nonfiction. Deadline: November 15, 2014.

Poets@Work announces its first annual book prize for a full length collection of poems. Deadline: November 15, 2014.

The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival announces its annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival Fiction Contest. Deadline: November 16, 2014.

Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal announces its annual Jane Lumley Prize for poetry. Deadline: November 30, 2014.

Southern Review is now accepting submissions of fiction and nonfiction. Deadline: December 1, 2014.

SCBWI sponsors two student writer scholarships to the Summer and Winter Conferences for full-time university students in an English or Creative Writing program. They are now accepting applications for the 2015 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, February 6–8. Deadline: December 8, 2014

Glassworks invites submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, craft essays, new media, and art both digitally and in print. Deadline: December 15, 2014.

Thin Air Magazine is now accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Deadline: December 15, 2014.

Press 53 announces its annual Award for Short Fiction for a collection of stories. Deadline: December 31, 2014.

River Styx announces the 2015 Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest. Deadline: December 31, 2014.

Boulevard seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

One Story seeks stories between 3000–8000 words.

As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.

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